Video: Chris Boardman's Tour de France preview - stages 3, 4 & 5

Sprint battle to hit full swing with mountains lurking

The 2012 Tour de France got under way over the weekend in typically nervous and frantic fashion. Once the opening gambit of the prologue was out of the way, a typically anxious first stage peloton jostled for position on its way to Seraing, with Liquigas-Cannondale's powerhouse Peter Sagan taking his first Tour win in his first-ever stage.

Today's second stage is the final one on Belgium roads and the flat run-in into Tournai should suit the sprinting prowess of the likes of Mark Cavendish, André Greipel and Marcel Kittel. You can view Chris Boardman's video preview here.

Stage 3

Another of the rolling stages the organisers now tend to throw in early on, the 197km between Orchies and Boulogne-sur-Mer should see the contenders of stage one slugging it out again in what looks to be a brute of a finale.

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Stage 4

In the words of Chris Boardman, the 214.5km between Abbeville and Rouen looks set climax with another 'mass gallop'. The opening two thirds takes place along the northern coastline of the English Channel, so the wind is likely to be a major factor. 

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Stage 5

Sprinters again will be taking centre stage on this flat 196.5km surge to Saint-Quentin. It's largely in a straight line so again the wind might have a part to play, but expect it all to come back together come the finish.

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